Bold thinking on systems change in Canada, with Bill Young

In this episode of Impact Conversations, Bill Young, the founder of Social Capital Partners, joins Lynn to talk about creating impact in systems. Bill’s extensive business experience and social enterprise successes have given him some important insights about learning through experimentation, pivoting as ideas and opportunities present themselves, and trusting in management teams and their Theories of Change. Bill founded Social Capital Partners in 2001 and has been one of the leading voices in promoting social finance in Canada. He also sits on a variety of boards and advisory boards for social enterprises and community organizations. Bill previously spent [...]

Finding local solutions for building significant affordable housing, with Graham Cubitt

In this episode, Lynn interviews Graham Cubitt, Director of Projects and Marketing at Indwell, about his organization's approach to housing stability. Indwell is both a property developer and a service provider, creating affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging, but doing so requires trust, creativity, and money. Tune in to hear how these factors were aligned. Resources: Indwell: Hamilton Spectator: Housing solutions waiting to be imagined Hamilton Community Foundation: Graham Cubitt on LinkedIn: Find out more about our work at Social Impact Advisors: Check out this episode!

By |October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Social Innovation|

Strategic Planning for Impact

Often, organizations approach their strategic planning by asking their stakeholders for ideas about what the organization should focus on next, without thinking about the overall impact the organization hopes to have. Stakeholders often have great ideas about what is working well and what can be improved (the classic SWOT analysis) and employees and board members are ready to share their vision for expansion or diversification of funding, risk mitigation or improved systems. With this approach, any idea can seem like a good idea. We think there’s a better way, using this 3-part framework: 1. What do we want to [...]

Workshop – Thinking Ahead: Making the Most of Your Strategic Planning Process

A day long training workshop with Lynn Fergusson, hosted by the Sustainability Network. We'll provide an overview of strategic planning and our approach to tying it to impact in a concrete, actionable and inspiring way. We’ll provide examples, then share tools and give you a chance to get your feet wet. You’ll get feedback from coaches and peers to take back with you. We’ll also look at how we can use measurement and evaluation, change management and a learning agenda to build your organization’s planning capacity, so that you’ll be able to see what’s changing and adapt your strategic plan as [...]

By |September 30th, 2019|Categories: Events, Impact Clarity, News, Strategy|

Clarifying your organization’s impact, with PolicyWise

In this episode, Lynn talks to members of the impact team at PolicyWise – a partnership between Alberta's universities, the community, and the government of Alberta – Cathie Scott, Chief Knowledge and Policy Officer; Jo-Louise Huq Organizational Innovation and Change Scientist, and Courtney Lundy, Business and Grants Manager.  Hear about their journey to create and sustain an impact focus within their organization, grounded in their Theory of Change. Resources: PolicyWise: PolicyWise Theory of Change: Find out more about our work at Social Impact Advisors:  Check out this episode!

By |September 19th, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Strategy|

Supporting financial intermediaries to grow impact investing in Canada, with Erica Barbosa Vargas

In this episode, Lynn talks to Erica Barbosa Vargas, Director of Solutions Finance at the McConnell Foundation, one of Canada's largest private foundations. Erica provides insights into the growing impact investment sector in Canada. She also shares what the McConnell Foundation is doing to address the bottleneck they see in financial intermediaries, so that more funds can be directed into impact investing, to ultimately impact the global SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals) through the work of nonprofits, social enterprises, and other social impact organizations. Resources: Erica Barbosa Vargas on LinkedIn: McConnell Foundation: Solutions Finance Accelerator: [...]

By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Impact Investing, Podcast, Social Finance, Social Innovation|
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